Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 19, 2012

Favorite Tip #20: Schedule Prison

Favorite Tip #20:

Don’t turn your daily schedule into a prison.

Allow your schedule to help with the following.

1. Provide structure

2. Answer “What do I do next?”

3. Provide balance and variety in your life

4. Be a daily reset button, a fresh start each day

5. Achieve multiple goals at the same time.

Strive for 100% compliance daily, but be pleased with 40%, if that is your best for that day.



  1. Good advice.

  2. these simple suggestions are great rules to live by. thanks

    • You’re very welcome, Louise. This latest tip has kept me on track–in spite of a nasty cold (better now) and several full-day delays due to software “upgrades”. Cheers, Ashley

  3. oooh, i likey!!! πŸ™‚

    • So glad you liked this post, Darlene. Cheers, Ashley

  4. I strive for routine in order to multi-task, but at the risk of making it a boring prison. So, I like Number 4—makes me think of a smiley face button.

  5. Great time management tip! Schedules need to help us, not chain us to them. Thanks for the reminder!

    • You’re so welcome, Jennette. Cheers, Ashley

  6. You omitted naps and procrastinating – two very important parts of my daily schedule.

    • Ah,there’s nothing better than a good Sunday afternoon nap, David. πŸ™‚ Cheers, Ashley

  7. Great advice! I like the be pleased with 40% compliance idea. I guess I’m doing better than I thought then πŸ˜‰

    • Hi Haley, So glad you like it. 100% compliance is terribly hard to achieve day after day. And we rarely do 0%. Why not take credit for your best that day and aim for even better the next. Cheers, Ashley

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